Category Archives: Antioxidants

Using Vitamin C and Decircle + Firm to rejuvenate the skin on your hands

Hands show ones age. They have sun and age spots. The skin begins looking thin and transparent. Don’t despair, it is possible to do a renovation job on your hands (and arms and chest and neck etc) using the amazing 17.5% esterized version of Vitamin C as found in C + Renew Serum from Sensitive Skin Clinic plus the peptides and decircling ingredients in Decircle + Firm Eyes from Sensitive Skin Clinic.

Every night before bed, apply 1 pump of C + Renew Serum on the back of each hand and smooth it over the skin. Then apply 2 pumps of Decircle + Firm Eyes and smooth over the vitamin C. The esterized Vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) is able to penetrate the lipid barrier of the skin and stimulate collagen development, act as an antioxidant, as well as support the reduction of sun spots. In Decircle + Firm Eyes there is the amazing antiaging ingredient ergothioneine from mushrooms, as well as peptides and hydroxysuccinamide that help break down oxidized elements stuck in the skin (age spots), and ‘flush’ them into the lymph system to be ‘trashed’. These two products work so well together. Use the same technique on other areas of the body that look older and ‘weathered’.

After 1 month you will notice the lightening of dark spots on your hands, and after 2 – 3 months you will be amazed at how much ‘younger’ and more attractive they look.

It’s still important to add moisturizer if you have dry skin on your hands, and always apply a mineral sunscreen every day (reapply after washing your hands).

Note that the skin on the hands can be sensitive…they are exposed to sunlight every day and they are frequently washed with water and soap that is way more alkaline than the skin…so they may not be strong and balanced. If you experience any sensitive reactions utilizing this hand care regimen, reduce the application to just 3 nights per week (like Mon/Wed/Fri), and once the hands are stronger and not reactive, increase the nightly application to 5 nights (Sun/Mon, Wed/Thu/Fri), and then increase it to 7 nights a week when you feel comfortable doing so.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

The Holiday Season can Worsen Skin Conditions! Part 2

Happy Holidays! We are supposed to smile and cheer and be happy, but very often it is a season that makes our skin unhappy. Why is this? Here is another major reason – part 2 following on from part 1:

2. Food. Change of food and diet will often unbalance your digestive system and also can create more potential skin issues. An increase in consumption of complex carbohydrates, dairy, meat, and any reduction in fruit and vegetable consumption will dramatically alter the activity of inflammatory hormones like insulin and prostaglandin 2. And if alcohol consumption increases (especially if you have inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea and eczema) you will see a flare up of the condition with increased redness and discomfort.

Solution: Yes, it is difficult, but you need to try and control your diet – resist all the candy and processed foods of the season. Reduce alcohol intake. Your body needs healthy antioxidants, but your skin may need it even more. Use the multi-level topical Antioxidant Defense Complex every morning before moisturizer. It contains 18 different antioxidants in 1 topical solution. Use it IN ADDITION TO consuming 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day!

Being gentle to the skin and treating it sensitively, will help it become naturally strong and balanced. Being aggressive will just weaken it further. A happier skin will look fresh and healthy, and younger. A happier skin is a happier you. Happy holidays!

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Anti aging with antioxidants

Aging happens! Skin aging can happen a lot more rapidly! Antioxidants can slow down both. With 20% oxygen in our atmosphere at all times, everything organic (living) will oxidise and eventually die. The sun damages our skin by setting up free radicals and only antioxidants will help reduce free radical damage. The sun is present every single day of our lives (UVA and UVB) and with UVA penetrating clouds, fog, windows, we cannot escape it – unless we live in a concrete bunker and never see the light of day!

So what is to be done?

1. Eat 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day!

2. Apply a multitude of topical antioxidants to the skin every day from your teenage years onwards (like antioxidant defense complex). Why – what’s the rationale? see this blog article to get all the facts.

3. Apply a mineral (zinc and/or titanium) sunscreen to the skin every day (rain or shine, summer or winter).

What about taking antioxidant supplements? Well I’ve never been a fan of relying on pills to provide what natural fruit and vegetables do. Our body is made to digest real fruit and vegetables not just pills…if we only had to consume pills, we would have very small mouths – just a hole to pop a pill into! Here is an article from Mother Jones that will get you thinking twice about relying on your antioxidant supplements…

To find out more about antioxidants, view this SkinCareTV video at YouTube.

Climate change affects your skin. Take the 50% climate change challenge now!

Climate change creates extreme weather all over the world, and this extreme weather will likely worsen skin conditions like sensitive skin, as well as all inflammatory skin conditions like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis etc.

What can you do about climate change? Take the 50% climate change challenge. Reduce negative climate change behaviour by 50% whilst also increasing positive behaviours by 50%. This way you could improve conditions for your skin and health. For example:

  • Reduce animal product intake by 50%. Massive corporate animal farms are hideously bad for climate change. That’s where all those fast foods/junk foods/processed foods are sourced from. These foods are really bad for sensitive and problem (inflamed) skin.
  • Increase fresh, raw fruit and vegetable intake by 50%. Mother Nature provides antioxidants and nutrients that will improve the immune system and health in most people, and slow visible skin aging. They’re good for all skin conditions.
  • Travel 50% more on mass public transit. 1 vehicle transporting lots of people makes more climate sense than 1 vehicle transporting 1 person. Lyft, Uber, Taxis etc do not count as mass public transit.
  • Use your car 50% less. Try walking, bicycling, or riding a more energy efficient motorcycle.
  • Turn off 50% of the lights in your home or office/place of work (unless you’re in an operating room in a hospital)…
  • Use 50% less hot water in your shower. Hot water requires energy to heat it up. Increased energy requirements are feeding climate change. Besides, hot water is hideously bad for your skin and hair.
  • Spend 50% less time in the shower. Find a more energy saving way of relaxing – like getting back into bed 🙂
  • Use 50% less antibacterial soaps and cleansers. Triclosan is really bad for increasing algae blooms in fresh water systems (rivers/lakes etc). Climate change increases the chance for polluting and suffocating algae blooms that affect all other water based life forms. Additionally, antibacterial cleansers are really bad for all sensitive skin conditions.
  • Spend 50% less on manufactured consumer goods. You had to buy that new smart phone because your old one wasn’t working? Or you just felt like having the latest gadget? It was manufactured in China – the leading ‘dirty energy’ user and carbon pollution producer on the planet. Your new smart phone has just added to climate change. While you’re at it, buy 50% less clothing, shoes and general ‘stuff’.
  • Change 50% of your ‘Holiday Gift’ buying to the non-consumer-goods category. Give friends and family the gift of a donation to protect rain forests or other environmental treasures, protect wild animals from extinction, safeguard the oceans, help in international disasters and animal rescues, ensure the humane treatment of animals, and support the development of new healthy ways of conducting medicine…there are so many ways you can do something positive for the planet rather than buying more ‘stuff’.
  • Change 50% of your 401K/IRA/Retirement investments to non-dirty-energy stocks. The coal, oil, petroleum and natural gas industries fuel climate change. It’s less lucrative to invest in green energy and non manufacturing sectors, but what’s the point of retiring with a lot of money in a climate changed world that severely impacts your skin, your health and the well being of the planet around you?
  • Buy 50% more locally made products if you absolutely have to buy ‘stuff’. Goods made in other countries means that ‘dirty-energy’ is used to transport them from there to here.

Because this is climate change week – everybody is focusing on it. Politicians and corporate moguls are scoring marketing PR points by mouthing off about it….but of course they don’t really mean to DO anything about it. It all comes down to YOU. You can make a difference! Our addiction to everything related to dirty-energy-based-power is fueling climate change. Maybe you and your friends can monitor each other’s positive climate change actions and so help reduce the addiction we have to negative climate change activities?….

If you have any type of sensitive skin condition (including acne and rosacea), you can help your skin in a severe climate changed world by:

  1. Only ever use cool water for cleansing. NO hot or warm water on red, irritated or inflamed skin conditions – EVER!
  2. Cleanse only once per day – in the evening. Too much cleansing is bad for everyone’s skin. Just splash the face with cool water in the morning. Use only gentle cleansers with no detergents in them (so that excludes Cetaphil, Neutrogena, and most other commercial cleansers available in super markets, drug stores and department stores).
  3. Apply a light hydration serum like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Hydrate + Serum to help keep your skin hydrated morning and night.
  4. Apply a multi level antioxidant defense complex on the skin every morning and make sure you consume lots of antioxidants by eating 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day.
  5. Always wear a mineral sunscreen like the silky smooth Sensitive Skin Clinic Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 with 20% clear zinc. Wear sunscreen every day, all year round. Skin cancers may become even more common in a climate changed world.

If you have health issues and severe conditions, read this report from the Global Health Institute as reported by CBS News. Climate change has a lot of potential negative impacts on your health.

Climate change has happened already. It’s not just a 1 week issue. It’s now a lifetime issue. Do something about it every day for the rest of your life!

Tanning beds and UV lamps provide short and long term results

Tanning beds and UV lamps provide consistent Ultra Violet Ray exposure and makes it seem as if you have your own ‘personal’ piece of the sun in your own home! Yes they deliver the same rays as the sun – just a whole lot closer to you! They set the skin into ‘protective’ mode the same way as any outdoor activity like lying next to a pool or playing beach volleyball, or tennis, or golf, or cycling, or running etc etc etc will do. Protective Mode is not synonymous with Safe Mode. There’s a lot more we have to do to strengthen the Protective Mode. Life on this planet comes with zero guarantees….

Yes, I will give a list of best Protective Measures at the end of this article….

Here’s how your skin works, relative to the effects of the sun…a stimulus of UVA and/or UVB will get the melanocytes in your skin producing more pigment so as to cover the DNA hosting nucleus and thus reduce the damage that the UV ray will do to each skin cell’s DNA, and the ‘darker’ protective pigment is therefore referred to as a tan. Yes we are talking about real damage to the DNA in your skin cells. Yes we are talking about reducing, NOT eliminating, UV damage to the DNA in your skin cells. On this planet, any UV exposure means there is a potential for DNA damage. On this planet, any ‘tan’ means you have already experienced UV damage to the DNA of some cells. A ‘tan’ is not healthy – it merely proves that we have already exposed our DNA to damage.

Most of the time, light DNA damage can be repaired by your body through the action of DNA repair enzymes. HOWEVER, the more frequent and intense the DNA damage, the more likely your body will not repair all the UV induced damage, and so your potential for developing skin cancers increases. That’s why tanning beds and UV lamps are exceptional potential dangers to your health.

Science has proven that both Ultra Violet (UV) and Infra Red (IR) rays from the sun and man-made devices like tanning beds, will increase the speed at which the skin ages, and thus the speed at which you start to look older with wrinkles and blotchy sun spots. See also the SkinCareTV video on brown spots.

Because you have no idea just how vulnerable your DNA is to UV damage, it means you have no idea if you will get skin cancer at a young or old age. It used to be the case that cancers generally affect older people more than younger people…generally because DNA repair enzymes are more efficient in young people than old people (it’s just Mother Nature’s way of doing things). However, with skin cancer being the #1 cancer in the USA, there is a growing number of young people getting severe forms of skin cancer…including life threatening melanoma!

In this CNN article about the recent FDA warning and re-categorization of sun tanning UV equipment, here are some interesting excerpts:
1. people who have been exposed to UV rays from indoor tanning have a 59% increase of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
2. Those who use tanning beds on a regular basis, especially teens, have 10 times the risk of developing all three types of skin cancer, including melanoma, which is deadly
3. ‘My youngest melanoma patient was 18. She was using tanning beds since she was 13. She has a huge scar on her back and is constantly being monitored.’

Having 2 large scars on my face due to melanoma surgery, I am very aware of the ‘unattractive’ nature of skin cancer. Why am I the only 1 in my family dealing with skin cancer when we all lived out in the African sun as youngsters and adults? It is impossible to determine your precise potential for skin cancer, but it is possible to increase your percentage of risk for skin cancer by increasing your exposure to UV rays (from the sun and/or tanning beds/UV lamps).

So, what can you do to mitigate some of the dangers of being a happy, healthy, outdoor, sports person on this wonderful planet of ours?

1. Wear a mineral sunscreen like one of these, every single day (rain or shine).
2. Apply a multi-level antioxidant before your sunscreen, every day. Antioxidants help defend your skin against the Infra Red (IR) spectrum from the sun, while sunscreens help protect against the Ultra Violet (UV) spectrum from the sun. Both spectrums age your skin.
3. Use plant enzymes from the Mediterranean Arabidopsis plant to stimulate your DNA repair enzymes to correct a large amount of the every-day damage that occurs in skin cells exposed to UV and IR. These plant enzymes are found in the Cell Youth Actif product. Apply AM and/or PM before moisturizer.
4. Use the esterized version of Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) to stimulate collagen and elastin development in the skin – and help repair the damage caused by UV and IR. This Vitamin C also acts as a long lasting antioxidant to fight the aging effects of free radicals. There is a high level of this Vitamin C in the C + Renew Serum. Apply before moisturizer. Apply after Cell Youth Actif.
5. Eat a healthy diet of 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day. Junk food and processed food can never be classified as part of a healthy diet!
6. Wear a wide brimmed hat, long sleeved shirts with collars, long pants and sneakers rather than tank tops, shorts and sandals….make a different fashion statement!

If you are concerned about the media-hyped scare of Vitamin D deficiency, please read this blog article.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.